Most people who purchase a motorcycle don’t stop to think about what they’ll do when it comes time for maintenance and repairs. After all, the motorcycle is brand new, the dealership is there when you need them, and the furthest thing from the mind at the moment of purchase is equipment failure.
Unfortunately, the reality of motorcycle ownership is fluids need to be replaced changed, tires need to be replaced, and working on them without the proper equipment can quickly lead to accident, injury, or worse.
The proper motorcycle lift, designed to adequately lift and support your cruiser or touring bike while it’s being serviced, is a great piece of automotive equipment for your shop, home garage, or motorcycle trailer.
Useful Design for Cruisers and Touring Motorcycles
Today’s cruiser and fully dressed touring motorcycles are larger and heavier than at any time in history. Long gone are the days when you could prop your bike up on milk crates or other make-shift supports and get away with it. In fact, many motorcycles in this class are too heavy to pick up alone, and an owner could easily find himself dangerously trapped beneath a fallen bike.
The OTC 1545 Motorcycle Lift was built with today’s larger bikes in mind. It comfortably lifts 1,500 pounds, ensuring it can easily handle the most popular touring motorcycles on the road today. Add to that it’s 17-inch skids, and this motorcycle lift is built for even the widest two-wheelers.
It’s ability to lift your bike an impressive 16.75 inches means you’ll be off the floor and working at a comfortable level, whether you’re changing spark plugs, adding after-market pipes, or changing out the shaft-driven rear wheel.
The Safety Features You Require
Motorcycles tip over from time to time, which can lead to plenty of damage, including broken parts and injured owners. Your bike is particularly vulnerable to tipping over when it’s being lifted for maintenance and repairs, which is why the OTC 145 includes two ratcheting tie-down straps designed to work with the strap loops conveniently located over both sets of rear and front wheels.
Never again will you have to wonder if your bike is going to tip over, or perch it precariously in the hopes it doesn’t. With the OTC 1545 Motorcycle Lift, safety is the name of the game and the included tie-down straps prove this.
- 1,500-pound lifting capacity
- 17-inch skids for stability
- Two ratcheting tie-down straps for safety
- Two-year limited warranty
- 3.5-inch to 16.75-inch lift range
Customer Reviews and Conclusion
The highly rated OTC 1545 Motorcycle Lift consistently meets the needs of motorcycle enthusiasts around the world. It’s quality construction, useful tie-down straps, and overall capabilities for larger bikes are most often cited as its strongest features. Occasional drawbacks have been cited in its foot pedal release, which doesn’t allow for controlling the speed of descent.
In the end, however, the OTC 1545 Motorcycle Lift offers tremendous value for its modest price, and includes a wide range of features and benefits sure to please even the pickiest motorcycle owner.